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December 9, 2015 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
February 14, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan
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THE CHAMPIONS! Ah the Champions League last 16, the round where the competition finally gets interesting after the somewhat predictable group stage of the tournament. In saying that, one team nobody thought would get this far are the Premier League Champions Leicester City. The Foxes have defied everyone’s expectations (well expect Gary Lineker’s) and have qualified for the last 16 of the competition along with fellow English clubs, and regular visitors to this stage of the competition, Arsenal and Manchester City. While it’s been years since two English sides have contested the Champions League Final, nowadays it’s at least somewhat more likely, but can an English club actually win the Champions League […]

February 9, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
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The 2016/17 season has seen a lot really interesting football played, a number of teams have adapted the modified version of 5 at the back with defensive wingers and top managers like Jose and Pep really struggled in the early parts of the season. Along with this, some stars are fading and some are beginning to shine. So with the busy festive period well and truly over and teams beginning to settle down we decided it was time to look into who the best players have been so far. It goes without saying, but if your Fantasy Football squad needs a bit of fine tuning then there are a few […]

February 1, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Transfer windows really can make or break a manager’s reputation. Back in November, the footballing world marvelled at Jurgen Klopp’s achievement. Liverpool made a profit from last summer’s transfer window, yet there they sat, one point off the top as genuine title contenders. Flash forward to the end of January, and things are very different. Nobody loves January, but my God Liverpool’s one was awful. Out of the title race, out of the League Cup and out of the FA Cup. Now, that profit they made, and not spending in this window, is looking pretty silly. Although, who would have known that Emre Can would be as effective this season […]

January 21, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Talking from a personal point of view, Fantasy Football is a funny one. Every year without fail, I spend hours doing research and crafting a team that I think can compete with the best of them. Just as I’m drifting off into an uneasy sleep on the eve of the opening weekend of Premier League action, a brainwave will hit me and I’ll be wide awake. “This is Shane Long’s year. 20 goals, no bother.” And before I know it, I’m slapping him in the team. Twenty-four hours later, I’ll wonder why I went with a striker that doesn’t get his game, let alone score goals. This has happened every […]

January 18, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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The January transfer window can be a strange one. It’s often said that it’s near impossible to sign real quality during this window, but this isn’t always the case. Players like Nemanja Vidic, Gary Cahill, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez were all signed in January, and they didn’t do too badly. Oh and Andy Carroll. Big Andy. Did you see his goal the other day? Outrageous. Can I just write about Andy Carroll? No? Okay, moving on so. January can be a time when struggling sides look to re-ignite their seasons with some fresh faces. It can also be a good time for teams that are riding high, to further […]

January 8, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Francesco Guidolin, Alan Pardew, Bob Bradley and Mike Phelan have already been tossed to the managerial scrap yard this season. It’s a very cruel business, and given the frequency of sackings and appointments, while flicking through the channels it can be hard to distinguish between Sky Sports News and a soap opera. There is one thing for certain, we will see more managerial sackings before the season has ended. But who is next to be axed? Side note: Do unemployed managers go on the dole? Imagine Mike Phelan heading down to the Post Office and signing on. He’d probably pick up a chicken fillet roll on the way home. Watch […]

January 7, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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Oh, haven’t we been spoiled? So hectic and packed was the festive footballing schedule, we were all easily able to ignore our families and loved ones for the entire Christmas period. What did we learn? All scorpions aside, Arsenal are still Arsenal. Chelsea aren’t unbeatable. Pep Guardiola is a bit of a dick. And Mike Dean is, ahem, still Mike Dean. A bit like that old, divorced uncle of yours who only calls around once in a while, but always seems to show up when you’re watching something good on the telly, the FA Cup returns with a thud this weekend. While it may have lost some of its respect […]

December 15, 2016 (No Comments) by Darren Bates
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Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned relegation dog fight? Every game’s just more exciting when there’s a proverbial 6 points on the line, and although we’ve not even opened our Christmas presents yet, some Premier League teams are already making strong cases as to why they’ll be relegated this season. Although it’s by no means a foregone conclusion, here’s who we at TheSharpe believe will be playing in the English Championship come August 2017. Hull Newly promoted teams are always favourites for relegation, so the fact that we’ve picked Hull City out here won’t come as a huge surprise to anyone. Hull have only managed to bulge the net […]

December 4, 2016 (No Comments) by Geoff Dorrity
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This weekend marked the 9th consecutive win for newly promoted Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, a record which no team in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 or the Eredivisie has been able to match this season. Die Roten Bullen, also known as the Red Bulls, beat Schalke in an exciting encounter at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening to go top of the table; they now stand 3 points clear of last year’s champions Bayern Munich. So Who Are RB Leipzig? The club was founded on the 19th of May 2009 following a partnership between global energy drinks company Red Bull GmbH and SSV Markranstädt, a small […]

November 16, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
The O’Donovan Brothers

It truly has been an exceptional week for Irish sport. The Irish rugby team produced a heroic effort and tamed the mighty All Blacks for the first time in 111 years, the national soccer team conquered Austria for the first time since 1963 to move top of their World Cup qualification group and our very own Conor McGregor became the first man in UFC history to be crowned a dual-weight world champion. With all of that it would be quite easy to forget about the rest of the stars that helped put Irish sport on the map in 2016. Worry not, as we at thesharpe.com have put together our top […]

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